Behind the ECHL Benches – Dwight Mullins, Elmira Jackals

Dwight Mullins was named as the tenth coach in Elmira Jackals team history, and fifth since the club moved to the ECHL, on Sept. 23, 2012. In his first season with the club, he led to the team to 40 wins, the third-most in its ECHL history.

From 2009 to 2012, he was the head coach and general manager of the Central Hockey League’s Allen Americans, and built a record of 128-51-17. He took the expansion Americans to the CHL’s President’s Cup Finals in 2010, and followed that up with a conference-leading 47 wins and a trip to the Berry Conference finals in 2011. In 2011-12, Mullins directed Allen to 39 wins, a second-place conference finish and a playoff berth. In recognition of his success, Mullins was charged with leading the CHL All-Star team in 2011 and 2012. He also finished as runner up for CHL Coach of the Year honors in 2010 and 2011.

Before coaching in Allen, Mullins worked as the head coach of the North American Hockey League’s Texas Tornado, coached at the Dallas Stars’ NHL player development camp and gained experience as an assistant coach with the Western Professional Hockey League’s Fort Worth Brahmas and Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Mullins played major junior hockey in the WHL for six seasons. After a 21-goal campaign for Lethbridge in 1984-85 he was selected 90th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. His professional playing career spanned three seasons from 1994 to 1997 with the Fort Worth Fire of the CHL. As a player, Mullins went out on top by serving as the captain for the 1997 Fire team that won the CHL title.


Coaching Record Reg. Season Playoffs
Season Team Gms W L T Gms W L
2009-10 Allen (CHL) 64 42 17 5 20 10 10
2010-11 Allen (CHL) 66 47 16 3 13 7 6
2011-12 Allen (CHL)  6639189 624
2012-13 Elmira Jackals (ECHL) 7240257 624
 ECHL Totals
 7240257 624